31 Days of Freezer Favorites
Pork-and-Black Bean Chili
Freezing is a great make-ahead strategy. This savory chili freezes well for up to 3 months but be sure to cool completely first. Putting foods that are still warm in the freezer can raise the temperature, causing surrounding frozen items to partially thaw and refreeze.
Pork-and-Black Bean Chili Recipe
Rather than baking it frozen, remove from the freezer and thaw the casserole in the fridge for several hours before serving. This will give the dish a better taste and texture.
Broccoli Casserole Recipe
Southwestern Chicken-Pasta Bake
Southwestern Chicken-Pasta Bake incorporates all the flavors from that region. This hearty baked dish is an excellent way to use leftover chicken, and it freezes well for future meals.
Southwestern Chicken-Pasta Bake Recipe
Beef and Guinness Stew
This hearty beef stew is made with lean boneless chuck that's cooked with carrots, parsnips and turnips and flavored with dark beer. Simmering it in a Dutch oven for about 2 hours makes the meat and vegetables fork tender and delicious. You may not get a chance to freeze any leftovers!
Beef and Guinness Stew Recipe
Classic Meat Loaf
This easy meatloaf recipe is flavorful, satisfying, and simple to prepare. To freeze: wrap the uncooked meat loaf in a large sheet of aluminum foil and cover with plastic wrap. Store for up to 3 months.Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Cook according to the recipe.
Classic Meat Loaf Recipe
Individual White Lasagnas
Ramekins help keep these cheesy, decadent layers in portion-perfect shape. After baking, let them cool completely. Then wrap each individually in foil and place together in a heavy-duty, gallon-size freezer bag.
Individual White Lasagnas Recipe
Hazelnut Rye Rolls
Rye flour and hazelnuts have a distinct rich flavor that makes these rolls anything but an afterthought. Make ahead, and freeze up to 1 month.
Hazelnut Rye Rolls Recipe
Individual White Chicken Pizzas
Cook up as many pizzas as you want tonight and freeze the rest. The key to the deliciousness (and believe us, these cheesy pizzas are amazing) is to make fresh ricotta cheese, which is more moist and creamy than store-bought. It's fast and easy to do in the microwave.
Individual White Chicken Pizzas Recipe
Aunt Liz's Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
This chicken spaghetti casserole is low in calories and can easily be made ahead. The recipe makes two casseroles so enjoy one for dinner and freeze the other for later. To prepare the frozen casserole, cover and bake for 55 minutes at 350°; uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Aunt Liz's Chicken Spaghetti Casserole Recipe
Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes
Many of our online reviewers have called these fluffy, flavorful pancakes the best they've ever tasted. Whether you're serving up breakfast for dinner or a delicious weekend brunch, make an extra batch and freeze to save for busy mornings.
Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe
French Onion Soup with Beef and Barley
This French onion soup is chock-full of fiber-rich barley and freezes well for up to two months. Pour into an airtight container, leaving enough room for expansion. To reheat, thaw completely in the refrigerator; then place contents in a saucepan over low heat.
French Onion Soup with Beef and Barley Recipe
Make a double batch of cooked rice to spin this inexpensive staple into countless meals. Cool the rice, portion, and freeze in a zip-top freezer bag. To reheat: Transfer rice to a bowl, and sprinkle with water. Cover with a paper towel and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
Be sure to make extra and freeze for busy weeknights down the road. Baked enchiladas can be frozen for up to 1 month.
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
These simple and fast 6-ingredient wraps are equally delicious for breakfast or dinner. Freeze up to 1 month.
Sausage-Egg Rollups Recipe
Basic Banana Bread
Like most banana breads, this recipe freezes well. Just be sure to wrap tightly in foil or place in a heavy-duty freezer bag after bread has completely cooked.
Basic Banana Bread Recipe
This classic red chili has chunks of stew meat and ground beef along with tomatoes, red beans, and spices. It can be kept frozen for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, serve with corn bread or corn muffins and garnish with sharp cheddar and sliced green onion.
Beef-and-Bean Chili Recipe
Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Make a double batch and freeze the second casserole for a comforting dish anytime.
Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
These decadent enchiladas are named "Swiss" because of all the cream and cheese they contain. The recipe is generally credited to a Mexico City coffee shop called Sanborns. This version is from Silvana Salcido Esparza, chef-owner of Barrio Café and Barrio Queen in Tucson.
Enchiladas Suizas Recipe
Category winner: Desserts. This reader recipe was developed by Marcie Dixon of Arlington Heights, Illinois, who recommends using bittersweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate for these decadent cookies. Double the recipe and keep these 94-calorie cookies in the freezer for when you're in need of a healthy treat.
Chocolate-Cherry Cookies Recipe
Ancho Pork and Hominy Stew
Fast Chicken Chili
This quickie chili comes together in a flash, making it ideal for busy weeknights. Green chiles, cumin, cilantro, and lime add a touch of Mexican flavor.
Fast Chicken Chili Recipe
Easy Chicken and Dumplings
Savory chicken and pillowy dumplings are the ultimate comfort food. Once cooked, transfer to a tupperware and freeze for several months. When preparing to serve, you may need to add more stock and re-season to freshen the flavor.
Easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe
A speedy Italian classic, Chicken Tetrazzini can be made ahead for easy weeknight dinners. Freeze an unbaked casserole up to 1 month, if desired. Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature, and bake as directed.
Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe
Talk about old-school comfort: This is a hearty, filling, family-friendly classic. Slightly undercook the pasta to ensure it doesn't end up too mushy. Reduce the amount of ground red pepper for sensitive palates, or crank it up for hotheads. You can brighten the look with a sprinkling of fresh parsley.
Chili Mac Recipe
Freezer Cinnamon Rolls
These rolls are good for busy mornings--let them stand 30 minutes, then bake 20 minutes. Make in disposable foil pans for easy gift-giving, and present the glaze in a small jar or zip-top plastic bag with these instructions: Microwave at HIGH 15 to 30 seconds, stir or knead until smooth, and drizzle over warm rolls.
Freezer Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
This potato-topped shepherd’s pie gets extra flavor from the cheese and carrots that are added to the mashed potato crust. You can take a shortcut with the crust because the recipe calls for frozen mashed potatoes. There's a reason this comfort dish has remained a classic Southern staple. With its layers of beef, veggies, and mashed potatoes, it utilizes great flavors and gives off a warm, homey aroma that's enough to make everyone gather around the dinner table in no time! Everyone in the family will want seconds. This is the perfect make-ahead recipe because it can freeze for up to one month. That's 55 minutes well-spent.
Shepherd's Pie Recipe
You can freeze the meat sauce, then assemble the lasagna the day you serve it. Our test kitchens made the entire lasagna and froze it, then thawed it in the refrigerator overnight. Both ways work great.
Extra-Easy Lasagna Recipe
Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
Combine frozen hash brown potatoes with sausage, eggs, and cheese for a hearty, 5-star-rated breakfast or brunch casserole that can be prepped ahead and baked the next morning. Sauté one large onion and one bell pepper in the pork drippings for extra flavor and color. Tip from the recipe developer: To make mini frittatas, cook in 6-inch cast-iron skillets for 30 minutes at 375. Top with sliced avocados, pico de gallo, and a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with green onions.
Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole Recipe
Lasagna-Style Baked Ziti
Spinach and a blend of three cheeses shine in this family-friendly casserole. Freeze up to 3 months.
Lasagna-Style Baked Ziti Recipe
Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
We preferred turkey pepperoni, so you don't get a greasy appearance. Freeze the unbaked casserole up to one month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes at room temperature, and bake as directed.
Pizza Spaghetti Casserole Recipe
Mexican Chicken Soup
Avocado, lime and cilantro give this chicken and rice soup its Mexican flair. Have half for dinner tonight, and then freeze the rest up to 3 months.
Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe